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Local Lodge 1814

Bridge City, Louisiana

Phone: (504) 342-1314

LEAP conference fires up members over anti-union attacks

Delegates shift gears as Congress goes into recess

AGAINST A BACKDROP of naked anti-union attacks — both at state and federal levels — delegates to the Boilermakers LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. March 20-24 gathered to assess the political landscape, align priorities, and lobby members of Congress. Lobbying was complicated by the fact that federal lawmakers took an unexpected recess just prior to the conference, so Capitol Hill was virtually empty of lawmakers.

Locals  L-S50, L-1814
Reporter  V50N2

Plight of Avondale workers remains in doubt

L-1814 President Chris Burnett stands near the bow section of an LPD ship under construction at the Avondale shipyard in 2009.

Northrop Grumman plans to close shipyard by 2013

AS MEMBERS OF Local 1814 (Bridge City, La.) report for work at the Avondale shipyard each day, they do so with a sense of foreboding. Unless something changes dramatically, Northrop Grumman will shut down Avondale, eliminating about 4,500 jobs by 2013. Nearly 1,000 Boilermakers worked at the shipyard and at the smaller Tallulah shipyard until last fall, when the company began laying off workers. The firm ceased operations at Tallulah in late 2010. By early February 2011, only about 550 L-1814 members remained at Avondale.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-693, L-1814
Reporter  V50N1

L-1814’s Johnson lobbies Sen. Landrieu for Free Choice

Lobbying Sen. Landrieu for Employee Free Choice are, l. to r., L-1814 consultant Joe Johnson, Rev. Gilbert Barnes, AFL-CIO organizer Terese Bouey, and Leotha Terrell.

Veteran shipyard employees recall past organizing struggle

JOE JOHNSON, A Local 1814 (Bridge City, La.) consultant, met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu this past summer to push for the Employee Free Choice Act. The act would make it easier for workers to organize and would provide stiffer penalties for employers that break labor laws. Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, has been reluctant to commit herself in support of the bill.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1814
Reporter  V48N4

L-1814 helps build USS New York

The Navy and Northrop Grumman take the LPD 21 New York out for sea trials Sept. 8. Among those checking out the ship’s systems are members of Local 1814. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

$1 billion warship bears World Trade Center steel in bow

A VERY SPECIAL ship left the Avondale shipyard Oct. 13, bound for New York harbor and commissioning in the U.S Navy. Delivered by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) and built by Avondale’s shipbuilders, many of whom are members of Local 1814 (Bridge City, La.) along with other unions of the New Orleans Metal Trades, the LPD 21 (New York) is one of the most advanced ships of its kind.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-1814

Northrop Grumman stewards attend training in Louisiana

LOCAL LODGE 1814 (Bridge City, La.) hosted steward training on Jan. 15-16 for workers represented by the New Orleans Metal Trades Council at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.

The council supported the training, with stewards attending from Boilermaker Locals 37 (New Orleans) and 1814, as well as affiliate locals IBEW L-733, Painters L-2330, Pipefitters L-60, and the Asbestos Workers Union.

Thirty-seven stewards participated in the two-day training, discussing political action, safety, grievance handling and preparation, record keeping, and contract language.

Locals  L-37, L-1814
Reporter  V48N1

New contract summaries

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

National Transient Lodge

Effective Aug. 11, 2007 to July 10, 2008, for 32 members of the National Transient Lodge who manufacture tanks and tank systems for the grain processing industry at the Winbco Tank Company in Ottumwa, Iowa. Winbco is a custom manufacturer of tanks, pressure vessels, columns, and equipment for use in the food, grain, ethanol, hydrocarbon, chemical, power, wastewater, fruit juice, and brewing industries.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V46N4

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